MAS: Narrow-body Decision Still Open
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4166 posts, RR: 36 Posted Thu Mar 22 2007 12:01:39 UTC (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
Quote: Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) said it is still looking at how many narrow body aircrafts it will buy to serve destinations in North Asia.
Managing director Idris Jala told reporters at the Invest Malaysia conference that its future strategy would also look at owning some of its aircrafts rather than just leasing them.
Quote: Jala also said that MAS was in talks with both Boeing and Airbus for the narrow body aircrafts.
Meanwhile, Jala said no decision has been made yet on whether the airline would cancel its order for six Airbus A380 after delays in delivery of the aircrafts.
Hard to give any prediction. IMO Airbus will attempt to structure a "keep-the-A380-get-some-A32X-cheap" deal. Unfortunately no mentioning about how many frames are required, and when the order will be placed. Would assume that they are no longer talking about 40 frames, but probably 20+20.
Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2980 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted
Thu Mar 22 2007 12:55:49 UTC (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1895 times:
Considering their precarious financial situation, can they even afford any aircraft let alone replacement of a sizeable fleet of 734s.
Econojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted
Thu Mar 22 2007 19:40:45 UTC (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1717 times:
There were rumblings on the local newspaper just today about wanting longer range narrowbodies.
MH leased in a couple of 737-800s in 05/06 but ended up returning them early. I wonder if the airline is planning another attempt to launch services to secondary destinations in China/India.
Looking at owning aircraft again? After pawning off the fleet to its parent company PMB? Hmm...
Sean-SAN- From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted
Thu Mar 22 2007 20:22:25 UTC (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
Knowing MAS, they will decide sometime around year 2050.
MD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted
Thu Mar 22 2007 20:25:46 UTC (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
Quoting Carpethead ( Reply 1): Considering their precarious financial situation, can they even afford any aircraft let alone replacement of a sizeable fleet of 734s.
Maybe, with unprofitable routes being dropped and excess capacity being dropped as well they may be able too.
IMO like Flying-Tiger said they might get a sweet deal from Airbus.